Parish Office Hours
Monday-Friday
8:30am - 4:30PM


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St. Maximilian Kolbe
1441 Spear Street
Port Charlotte, FL 33948
Phone: 941-743-6877
Fax: 941-743-9176


Parish Mission Statement

St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish is a Catholic community, called to live the Gospel of Jesus Christ; and we welcome all to join us. We fulfill this Call by our worship of God, our witness to one another and to the world, and by our service to all those in need. Our goal is to affirm the individual gifts in people of all ages so that they may continue to grow in their faith and be ministers of the Gospel...One with God and one another.

Announcements

Mass Schedule:




Monday – Friday  8:00am

Saturday Vigil English  4:30pm
Saturday Vigil English  4:30pm (Parish Center)
Saturday Vigil Spanish  6:30pm

Sunday English   7:30am
Sunday English   9:30am 
Sunday English   9:30am (Parish Center)
Sunday English   11:30am

Confessions during Lent
Fridays 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Saturday9:00 am—11:00 am
  
Eucharistic Adoration:
First nine Fridays beginning on September - May from 8:30 - 9:30


Stations of the Cross during Lent
Friday mornings after Mass (8:30 am)
Friday 7:00pm - Spanish
 
Sacrament of Baptism:    Contact the Parish Office. Baptisms are scheduled                   

                                        once a month.

Sacrament of Marriage:   Contact the parish office six months in advance of 

                                         anticipated date of wedding.

Anointing of the Sick:       Will be given by request after Mass for whoever is    

                                          sick, going for surgery or having tests.

2015 MASS BOOK

The Mass Book for 2015 is available to reserve your Mass intentions.

                                

                                                                           PRAYER FOR POPE FRANCIS

O God, shepherd and ruler of all the faithful, look favorably on your servant Francis, whom you have set at the head of your Church as her shepherd;

Grant, we pray, that by word and example
he may be of service to those over whom he presides so that, together with the flock entrusted to his care, he may come to everlasting life.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the
unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

Copyright © 2013, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Washington, DC. Cover image CNS/Paul Haring. All rights reserved. Excerpt from the English translation of The Roman Missal © 2010, International Commission on English in the Liturgy Corporation. All rights reserved.


                                                                          CATHOLIC FAITH APPEAL

Through our ongoing annual Catholic Faith Appeal campaign, we pray that you will continue to support our parish in fulfilling this major Diocesan obligation.  Please prayerfully consider your generous donation, keeping in mind that you will not only be helping all the essential Diocesan programs funded by the CFA, but also will be helping St. Max. Pledge cards can be dropped by the Parish Office at any time.


                                                                                           

SAFE ENVIRONMENT TRAINING

Safe Environment Training - As part of the Safe Environment Program, the Diocese of Venice requires that all employees and those volunteers who work with children and/or vulnerable adults be fingerprinted and trained in Safe Environment. For further information, visit the Diocesan website at www.dioceseofvenice.org. Report all abuses against minors to the Florida Department of Children and Families at 800-962-2873. To report abuse by Diocesan personnel or volunteers, call the Diocesan Victims Assistance Coordinator, Barbara DiCocco at 941-416-6114.

ONLINE GIVING

St. Max is offering parishioners the opportunity to take advantage of secure and convenient on-line giving for their offerings. There are two ways to participate.
1 - 
ACH Direct Payment” is easy and takes only a few minutes to sign up.  A one-page form with your information, signature, and a voided check is all you need to get started.  You specify the amount you desire to have withdrawn from your checking or savings account on a monthly basis. Your offering will be automatically deducted from your account and transferred into the St. Max account.  You may stop giving at anytime as long as we have your written authorization to do so.  Stop by the Parish Office to pick up a form.

2 - Online Donation - There is a button at the top right of this web page to sign up online! With this method you have more control over your donations. You can specify the amount and the frequency of the donation. You can logon at anytime to change your settings or see you history.

For more information call the Parish Office

SERVANTS OF THE SPIRIT PRAYER GROUP

Join our prayer group every Wednesday in the Parish Center at 6:00pm. All are welcome to an evening of praise, music and prayer.

PROJECT RACHEL'S SPANISH OUTREACH
Project
Rachel Ministry is dedicated to helping women heal spiritually after having an abortion. God's mercy is without limit and his forgiveness is great. If you or someone you know calls Project Rachel at the following number 941-681-6837, you will be assisted in Spanish and you will be given the name and number of a Roman Catholic Priest in your area who is trained for spiritual direction and will offer the Sacrament of Reconciliation to you. Your call is always confidential. Be healed by Jesus Christ who offers hope through the resurrection. Be healed by forgiveness.

EL PROYECTO RAQUEL

El Proyecto Raquel es un Ministerio que se dedica a ayudar a las mujeres a sanar espiritualmente despues de un aborto. La misericordia de Dios no tiene límites y su perdón es grande. Si usted o alguien que conoce llama al Proyecto Raquel al número 941-681-6837, será atendido/a en Español y se le dará el nombre y número de un sacerdote católico en su area que está capacitado para la dirección espiritual y le ofrecerá el Sacramento de la Reconciliación. Su llamada es siempre confidencial. Se sanado/a por Jesucristo, que ofrece esperanza a traves de la resurrección. Cúrate por el perdón.

WHAT IS EUCHARISTIC ADORATION
Eucharistic adoration is the act of worshiping God as He is present in the consecrated Eucharist. Since the Last Supper, when Jesus broke the bread and distributed the wine, saying, “This is my Body” and “This is my Blood,” Catholics have believed that the bread and wine are no longer merely baked wheat and fermented grape juice, but the actual living presence of the Second Person of the Trinity. Spending time before the Blessed Sacrament, in prayer and devotion, is exactly the same as spending time before the living God. Adoration occurs whenever someone kneels in front of a tabernacle that contains the Blessed Sacrament. Genuflects toward a tabernacle, bows before receiving the Blessed Sacrament at Mass, or, in a more focused way, when the Blessed Sacrament is exposed for adoration

Excerpt from Eucharistic Adoration (pamphlet)© Our Sunday Visitor, Inc., 1-800-348-2440, www.osv.com. Used by permission
POWER FOR SANCTIFICATION

     Baptism in the Spirit is a discovery of the Holy Spirit’s power to lead us to deeper conversion and holiness of life.  This is often manifested in a newfound authority to resist sinful tendencies, a freedom from addictions or deep-rooted patterns of sin, and the healing of relationships, especially in marriage and the family.

    The cross and resurrection of Christ come to be known as not only an event of the past but a present source of grace enabling us to die to sin and live for God.  There is a newly awakened attentiveness to the prompting of the Holy Spirit, which leads to a deeper obedience to the Lord.  Growth in holiness becomes less a matter of self-striving and more a yielding to the Holy Spirit.  Where people respond to this grace in a consistent way, there is a lived experience of the Christian life as described in the New Testament, an ordered life of mutual love under the influence of the Holy Spirit (se Rom 12:1-21; Eph 4:1-3; Col 3:12-17), showing forth the fruit of the Spirit (Gal 5:22-23).

Baptism in the Holy Spirit.  International Catholic Charismatic Renewal Services Doctrinal Commission, 2012. Pp16-17.

THE PASTORAL MASS

We hope you join us where the Holy Spirit is alive and on fire within our hearts and souls! The Pastoral Mass is celebrated the first Wednesday of every month at 6:00 p.m. 
 Everyone is invited to the Holy Eucharist. This Mass is in English and Spanish.

A PRAYER FOR PRIESTS SERVING IN THE DIOCESE

O Jesus, Eternal High Priest,
live in the priests serving in the Diocese of Venice,
act in them, speak in and through them.

Think your thoughts in their minds, love through their hearts.
Give them your own disposition and feelings.
Teach, lead and guide them always. Correct,
enlighten and expand their thoughts and behavior.
Possess their souls, take over their lives.
Replace them with yourself.
Incline them to constant adoration and thanksgiving; pray in and through them.
Let them live in you and keep them in this intimate union always.

O Mary, Immaculate Conception,
Mother of Jesus and Mother of priests,
pray and intercede for them.

Amen

ST MAX GIFT SHOP - Open after weekend masses only

Remember, the gift shop is a great way to share our stewardship of treasure, because each donation goes to the parish Catholic Faith Appeal assessment.  Stop in after Mass on the weekend or during the week through the parish office.  Mass cards/Mass Intentions are  available in the Gift Shop.

BEREAVEMENT(Grief Support)

This ministry provides support to those who are grieving the loss of a loved one. Volunteers are needed to assist the coordinators with the planned grief sessions for seven weeks twice a year. For more information or to apply, call the parish office (743-6877).

SANCTUARY CANDLE

If you would like to reserve one of the two Sanctuary Candles in memory of someone, please come to the parish office or you may do so in the gift shop on weekends.


Parishioners consider volunteering
How shall I make a return to the Lord for all the good he has done for me? Psalm 116

The parish is blessed to have many volunteers supporting its many ministries and/or organizations with their time, talent, and treasure. We encourage our parishioners to consider volunteering with the parish because there is always a need for more assistance. However, in order to become a volunteer with the parish, there are diocesan requirements that must be fulfilled. All volunteers must complete required paperwork, attend one Safe Environment workshop and receive proper training. Volunteers applying for a position with children and vulnerable adults such as Faith Formation, Homebound Eucharistic Minister, and Children's Choir, etc. must be fingerprinted.

If you feel that the Lord is calling you to a particular ministry, please call Maria Fernandez at the parish office (743-6877) for additional information.

CATHOLIC COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

What can help you have peace of mind in your senior years? Ensuring that you have health care surrogacy, a living will, durable power of attorney and a will or trust will give you that needed peace of mind. We would be pleased to help you. All of our services are free and without obligation. For more information call Joseph Citro, Executive Director, Catholic Community Foundation, at 941-441-1124.

REMEMBER ST. MAX IN YOUR WILL -Have you thought about leaving a gift for the Church in your will? Your gift by way of bequest ensures that our Church will continue Christ’s saving work in the
world.